In today’s world, screens make up more and more of our lives every day. The internet has everything we might need or want, and we send a lot of time here. Whether or not it’s healthy to be glued to a computer all the time, we can’t help depending on devices for work, leisure, and everything in between. Sometimes, it’s just impossible to unplug, no matter how much we’d like to.
Because of our relationship to the digital world, we need to develop ways to take care of ourselves on days when we have to be plugged in constantly. I can’t recommend digital detoxes enough – they can be really soothing for the soul. But if you can’t pull yourself away entirely, here are 5 of my biggest self-care tips for online living.
1. Make self-care playlists.
As long as we’re spending time online, listening to something soothing can make us feel a lot calmer and less stressed. Music has be proven time and time again to be a great method of stress relief and self-care. Of course, you can use apps like Spotify or Apple Music to create playlists like this. I especially enjoy using Spotify’s Discover function, because it introduces me to new artists who have sounds similar to artists I like!
I also highly recommend checking out Soundcloud and Bandcamp for lesser known artists. A lot of the indie music you can find on these platforms tends to be really easy on the ears, and it’s really fun to find new artists to love and support!
2. Download self-care apps.
Nowadays, there are tons of self-care applications that you can download onto your laptop or phone. I love downloading simple coloring games onto my phone and playing them when I need to take a break at work. They don’t take a ton of brain power, and I have something pretty to look at when I’m done playing.
There are also a ton of meditation apps available that offer guided walkthroughs for everyone from beginners to experts. When I’m having trouble sleeping at night, I love putting on a meditation routine. It really helps me clear my mind and get some good rest.
You can also just use the Kindle and Apple Books apps to keep some of your favorite books to read on your phone. I know that when I’m really feeling like unwinding, a good book goes a long way to making me feel comfortable and happy.
3. Find your go-to videos.
At this point, you can basically find anything you can think of on YouTube. It’s a colossal platform with hundreds of millions of videos on every subject in the world. So you can be sure that there is some self-care focused content there as well! Finding and bookmarking specific videos that help you feel calm is great because when you’re stressed, you won’t have to go searching for something to feel relief. Instead, you’ll have your own list of self-care videos ready to go.
Lately, paint-mixing and other videos that claim to offer a “satisfying” feeling have become really popular. But if that doesn’t work for you, don’t worry – you’re not alone! For someone reason, those “most satisfying” videos have never really done it for me. I know what calms me down most on YouTube is watching people decorate cakes. Maybe it’s just because of the baker in me, but I love hearing them mix ingredients together, and watching them pipe frosting with incredibly steady hands.
The best thing about finding self-care videos is that it’s wholy about what makes you feel calm and relaxed. So go ahead – I’m giving you permission to go down the YouTube rabbit hole! Just remember to save the best videos you fine for a rainy day in the future.
4. Clean up your social media.
Here’s the thing – we spend a whole lot of time on social media. And social media can be kind of a bummer a lot of the time. It’s surprising to realize how much stress we might be carrying around based on the tweets we’re reading every day, or the news articles that people are sharing on Facebook.
In my experience, a good way to make your digital experience better is to clean up your social media. If you’re feeling a little dramatic, you could even call it a purge. The method I follow is kind of inspired by Marie Kondo! Just go through all of the people you’re following and ask yourself, “does seeing this person’s content make me feel happy?” Aka, does it spark joy? If you find yourself answering “no”, then unfollow the person. It’s easy as that.
I know it can be difficult to unfollow people, especially if they’re people you’ve followed for a long time. But ultimately, it’s way better for you to not be stressed out by your own timeline. With how much time we all spend on social media, making our timelines and dashboards a happy place is key to taking care of ourselves.
5. Find a community or build your own.
Being online is not a lonely thing! No matter what other people might think, lots of people’s digital lives are filled with interactions with others and being social. This is why it’s so important to find communities that you can be a part of. I know that when I started blogging, I joined a bunch of groups on Facebook to try to find people I fit in with. Now, there are a couple groups that I really enjoy being a part of, and they make my blogging experience so much better!
If you’re having trouble finding the exact sort of community you’re looking for, you can also make your own! For example, I’ve made my own Facebook group for ambitious young professionals that I’m really hoping to build into a community. (Of course, you’re welcome to join!) Making a community can be a lot of hard work, to be fair. But once you’ve built a support system for yourself online, I promise that it’s super rewarding. Having a group of people to fall back on when times are tough can make your digital life so much better.
Self-Care Without a Digital Detox is Possible!
I hope these five tips gave you some new ways to care for yourself on the internet! Self-care is so important, whether you’re online or offline, so I’m really hoping you got a lot out of this post.
As always, if you implement any of these tips, let me know by leaving a comment down below! And if you think this post could help others, don’t forget to share it on social media. What are some ways you like to care for yourself online? Do you ever do digital detoxes?